PUPIL ambassadors paid a visit to the building of the new state-of-the-art Islwyn High School which is just weeks away from completion.

The latest phase of work saw the installation of a 3G pitch and external paving.

The multimillion pound building, on the site of the former Oakdale Colliery, forms part of the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme and will take on pupils from Pontllanfraith and Oakdale Comprehensive School.

Contractor Wilmott Dixon is leading the construction of the facility and has held regular updates with the pupil ambassadors from both schools.

Head teacher Tim Williams said: “It has been fantastic to be involved in every step of the building process for our new school.”

The facility is spread across three floors and will host 1,170 pupils. The design includes a garden, amphitheatre and a pond.

Pupils from both schools will move to the campus in July with the exception of Year 11 who will remain in their schools to complete their GCSE examinations.